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Today's News

  • Blue Ridge Parkway attractions closed by government shutdown

    Visitors centers, attractions and campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway closed on Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown, and will remain closed until the issues are resolved.
    The parkway is one of the 401 national parks that have been affected by the government shutdown. All visitor facilities including all historic sites, park hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms — everything except the road itself — are closed.

  • VHSL Football ratings

    Group 1A West Region

    Team  W-L  Rtg.

    1. Honaker  4-0  20.50

    2. Fort Chiswell  4-0  20.00

    3. Haysi  4-0  20.00

    4. Auburn  3-0  19.33

    5. Chilhowie  4-1  19.00

    6. Covington  3-1  18.50

    7. Clintwood  3-1  17.00

    8. Patrick Henry  3-1  15.75

    9. George Wythe  3-2  15.40

    10. Eastside  3-2  15.00

  • New format, familiar result for Tide

    DRAPER –– The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Whether it was an old-fashioned district or now a newfangled conference, playing against familiar teams or not, the Galax golf team, as has been the case so many times over the years, came out on top in the first stage of postseason play. Thursday, the Maroon Tide held off George Wythe by three strokes to win the inaugural Conference 46 tournament championship at familiar Draper Valley Golf Club.

  • Grayson comeback stuns Tide

    Coming back from five-point deficits in volleyball isn’t a particularly easy thing to do. Coming from five down in the fifth set when an opponent has all the momentum and just three points to go is almost unheard-of.

    Almost.

    Grayson County stormed back from a 12-7 hole in the fifth set by scoring the match’s final eight points, swiping what had seemed like a certain win from Galax in a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 15-12 battle Thursday at Galax High School.

  • Pulaski pulls away from Cavs

    DUBLIN –– Trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Carroll County received the break it had been looking for all year. Pulaski County then got the break it had needed for all of two plays.

    With a chance to trim the Cougar lead to a touchdown, a handoff exchange at the 2-yard line went awry and resulted in a lost fumble, a 98-yard Pulaski County drive and, eventually, a 24-3 Cougar win in the Cavaliers’ first visit to Kenneth Dobson Stadium since 1983.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/30/13

    Editor’s note:
    A 75-year-old caller published on Sept. 23 asked how to get advice about healthcare — “where are we supposed to go for help when we can’t pay that co-payment?” The Gazette was contacted by Debbie Spencer of the District Three office after reading the call. That office can provide advice about such matters. She may be contacted at (276) 783-8157.

    Who appointed?

  • Local schools receive state report cards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    This year’s accreditation scores for schools in the Twin County area are reflecting a statewide trend, as the new and more difficult state tests pose new challenges and set higher goals for school systems to reach.

  • Grayson will handle George murder case

    Law enforcement officials could charge by indictment a suspect in the death of a 33-year-old Fries woman. If so, the charge would be placed and prosecuted in Grayson County.
    Investigators in both Carroll and Grayson counties have been looking into the disappearance and subsequent death by homicide of Desia Rae George. A cause of death has not be released.

  • High school aims higher

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    With accreditation standards becoming more difficult to achieve, Galax High School has become proactive in bringing staff, administrators and teachers together to create a team that is focused on learning and success.

  • Break-in investigation leads to drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — A 54-year-old Hillsville man called town police to investigate a break-in at his home, but now faces several charges himself after officers found illegal drugs and alcohol during their time at the residence.
    Police responded to the home of Michael Andrew Reece on Sept. 16 on the initial report, according to Chief Greg Bolen.